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Social Education January/February 2018

Editor’s Notebook
Editor’s Notebook
NCSS Notebook
We Make Students Engaged Citizens Terry Cherry
Social studies is alive in the classroom where you teach, in your community, in the state where you work, and across the globe.    
Lessons on the Law
Protests, Free Expression, and College Campuses Evan Gerstmann
A close look at the controversies surrounding recent student protests against campus speakers can launch an interesting classroom discussion on free speech. Secondary Level     Law-Related

Tracking Congress: Issues, Interests, and Democracy in Action Ralph Nader
Teaching young people to track congressional representatives and public issues through Congress can engage students with their government and advance their civic participation. Secondary Level     Civics/Government
Teaching the C3 Framework
Making Inquiry Critical: Examining Power and Inequity in the Classroom Ryan M. Crowley, LaGarrett J. King
A truly critical inquiry should identify unequal power relationships in society and offer students counter-narratives to transform unjust social relations. Secondary Level     Civics/Government
Sources and Strategies
Guiding Student Investigation of a Miniature Flask for Insight into Mayan Civilization Matthew C. Poth
An in-depth examination of a clay flask discovered in the Guatemalan lowlands provides an excellent springboard into a lesson on Mesoamerican civilizations and the impact of European arrival. Secondary Level     World History

Drones, Balance of Power, and “Just War”: Assassination and Warfare in a New Century Mark Pearcy
Grappling with complex issues in the classroom, such as the use of weaponized drones, is vital for students in an era where technology is racing ahead of moral scrutiny. Secondary Level     World History, US History

Project-Based Learning

PBL in Social Studies Classrooms: Teaching High Quality and Engaging Projects Jane C. Lo
This special section provides teachers with excellent examples of rigorous project-based learning.    

Project-Based Learning in Social Studies John Larmer
Teaching through projects can connect students and schools with their communities, make history relevant, and foster democratic citizenship.     US History

Engaging the Community with a Project-Based Approach Anne-Lise Halvorsen, Nell K. Duke, Stephanie L. Strachan,, Cathy M. Johnson
Young learners and students of all ages feel more connected to their learning when they participate in community-related projects. PreK-Elementary     Civics/Government

Knowledge in Action: Social Studies Simulations as Project-Based Learning Katie Piper, Jerry Neufeld-Kaiser
Political simulations in an AP class helped students learn content and skills while they also engaged with the structures and functions of government. Secondary Level     Civics/Government, US History

Learning through Doing: A Project-Based Learning Approach to the History of the U.S. CivilRights Movement Diana B. Turk, Stacie Brensilver Berman
A project-based approach to studying the civil rights movement can stimulate student engagement and their sense of connection to this historic period. Secondary Level     US History

The Secret Ingredients of Problem-Based Learning: A World History Perspective Robert Hallock, Kathryn Smoot
Three key strategies can help teachers implement successful projects in world history. Secondary Level     World History
Research and Practice
Projects as the Spine of the Course: Design for Deeper Learning Walter C. Parker
When a course is centered on a series of projects, the projects accomplish the main intellectual work, and student learning is deep and complex. Secondary Level    

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